Driving is a privilege that can be taken away. If you are at risk of losing your driving privileges due to DUI or another type of criminal matter, talk to an attorney as soon as you can. McGraw & Strickland, LLC, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, handles driver’s license revocation or suspension issues. Call us at 575-523-4321 for a consultation.
How Could My Driver’s License Be Revoked Or Suspended?
A driver’s license in New Mexico can be revoked or suspended for many different reasons, including:
- Arrest for DUI/DWI
- Failure to appear in court
- A minor in possession conviction
- A drive-by shooting conviction
- Failure to pay child support
What Should I Do To Try To Avoid An Automatic Revocation Of My License If I Am Arrested For DUI/DWI?
If you are arrested for DUI/DWI, in most cases, a police officer will file the paperwork necessary to revoke your driver’s license. After you have been arrested, the first thing you need to do is request a hearing on your license revocation. You must request this hearing within 10 days, otherwise your license will be suspended automatically.
This hearing is separate from the criminal court trial for a DUI/DWI charge. You could lose your driving privileges at either one, even if you are found not guilty at the other.
You have the right to have an attorney represent you at the hearing and at any later appeals, as well as at the criminal trial. An attorney can also help you with the MVD hearing request.
What Will Happen If I Drive While My License Is Suspended Or Revoked?
It is a misdemeanor to drive with a suspended/revoked license if you know that your license is suspended or revoked.
But it is also a misdemeanor to drive with a suspended/revoked license if you do not know it was suspended or revoked, but you should have known it. Sometimes a person does not know their license was suspended/revoked because he or she changed addresses without notifying the DMV, so the notice of revocation or suspension was sent to an incorrect address.
Seven Days In Jail
It is even more serious if you are convicted for driving while your license was revoked for DUI/DWI. In that case, the court must automatically sentence you to at least seven days in jail.
The lawyers at McGraw & Strickland, LLC, can assist with all of the above problems that arise from driver’s license suspension and revocation. To schedule a consultation, call us at 575-523-4321 or contact us online.